October 14, 2010

Exercise to Get Rid of Love Handles

Posted in Category : Exercise

The layers of fat which accumulate in the mid section area and are very prominent over the sides of the abdominal external oblique muscle, are casually referred to as “Love Handles”. Unfortunately, they are commonly seen on people who are overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle or maintain a diet that is high in fats and carbs. They can be quite ugly and no body likes to see them or have them, which is why exercises to get rid of love handles have become an integral part of most fitness and weight loss centers. Several men and women practice spot reduction exercises to get rid of love handles, but may not be very successful. This is because overall body metabolism needs to be raised to a higher level, so that the extra layer of fat in the midsection is burned. In order to see the desired results, it is best to first get the entire body in shape and then work on certain areas.

There is a general idea amongst people that the best exercise for love handles is crunches. However, basic crunches can eliminate some fat about the area, but proper workouts to get rid of love handles can be much more effective. Before practicing the exercises to get rid of love handles, it is important to remember that in order to trim any part of the stomach it is necessary to begin with a long duration aerobic exercise. Some of the common exercises to get rid of love handles are:

Leg Flutters

  • Lie down on your stomach, preferably on an exercise mat
  • Keep your head slightly lifted and your arms straight, at your sides. Alternately, you could also keep your arms bent, with your elbow resting near you
  • Lift your feet and then knees off the floor and flutter your legs back and forth at a rapid pace
  • Continue fluttering your legs for at least 20 to 30 seconds and then take a break
  • After the 20-second break, repeat the exercise again.

Standing Trunk Twists

  • Stand up straight and place your feet a foot apart, with your knees slightly bent
  • Keeping your hips and legs as still as possible, twist your torso to the left and at the same time, cross your right arm and fist in front of your body, in the punching pose.
  • Twist your body back and then to the right, this time crossing your left fist in front of you
  • Repeat the exercise, till 100 reps have been complete.

Before performing exercises to get rid of love handles or any other exercises for that matter, it is best to consult a doctor and get an approval.